Welsh Pony Joins the Queens Cavalry
Welsh pony Trooper Emrys Forlan Jones has joined the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards as the first pony ever to be their official mascot.
Donated by Elizabeth French of the Forlan Stud, the Section A gelding Forlan Honey Kisskadee has joined the British Army and receives the new name of Trooper Emrys Forlan Jones. On Tuesday the 7th of June Trooper Jones made his first public appearance at the Mansion House Cardiff.
Elizabeth French, the current President of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society said: “This was a special day with a very special pony meeting guests & members of the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards who earlier in the day had formed the Guard of Honour for Her Majesty the Queen at the opening of the fifth Welsh Assembly. The Mansion House was a splendid place for Trooper Jones to make his first official appearance and I have to confess I was very proud. Also for The Welsh Pony and Cob Society as the mascot will make many appearances for The Welsh Cavalry and a Welsh Mountain Pony will be a reminder of our great Society.”
Trooper Jones goes back to Mrs French's first foundation mare Fayre Waterfall x Revel Liberty x Fayre Dewdrop, who produced the iconic mare for the Forlan Stud"Forlan Welsh Honey" from this gene line and ponies have been purchased by breeders from 14 different countries. Also his full sister Forlan Honeys Destiny is a champion lead rein pony, Trooper Jones comes from a long line of ponies who are representative of the Welsh Mountain Pony, which is acknowledged and recognised as the most beautiful pony in the world.
Believed to be descended from the Celtic Pony and to have existed in the mountains of Wales for over a thousand years, the Welsh Pony is thought to have endured great hardship and often persecution. As a result of this the Welsh Ponies have developed a hardiness of constitution and an intelligence that will stand Trooper Jones in good stead in his new role.
Foaled in 2013 Trooper Jones was donated as a mascot following an enquiry from the 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards and the Queens acceptance of a recommendation from the Army Honours and Distinctions Committee. Trooper Jones was selected to reflect the Regiment’s Welsh heritage.
Trooper Jones is continuing his training at Robertson Barracks, near Norwich in Norfolk.
Pictured with Trooper Jones at the Mansion House, Cardiff, are Elizabeth French and Farrier Major Miles Davies